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Streamline Your Meals With One-Pan Wonders From Five Cookbooks

Try the recipes for princess rice, smoked cheddar and chicken manicotti ‘enchiladas,’ baked stuffed shrimp casserole

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Courtesy: Harper Collins Publishers

Creating flavorful meals doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether they’re cooked in a skillet, on a sheet pan or in a pot, these five one-dish delights are so tasty they may become part of your regular recipe rotation.


spinner image rice with ground beef, pine nuts and spices in pan with fork in it
Helene DuJardin

Princess Rice

The fifth cookbook by Nashville-based cook, musician and author Matt Moore boasts more than 125 recipes designed to make everyday meals feel — and taste — special. As the grandson of a butcher, Moore considers himself the perfect person to write Butcher on the Block: Everyday Recipes, Stories, and Inspirations from Your Local Butcher and Beyond, since it’s packed with tips for getting the best flavor out of whatever protein you’re using. In his one-skillet recipe for Princess Rice (so named for his young daughters), he uses ground beef and infuses it with Mediterranean and Greek flavors you’d normally find in stuffed grape leaves — such as garlic, cinnamon, lemon juice and parsley. The result is a hearty, crave-worthy dish that can be a whole meal in itself, or it can pair perfectly with a Greek salad and pita bread.

Get recipe: Princess Rice


spinner image smoked cheddar and chicken manicotti enchiladas in pan, spatula scooping some out
Dan Liberti

Smoked Cheddar and Chicken Manicotti “Enchiladas”

Author and award-winning podcast host of The Sporkful, Dan Pashman doesn’t like to be called a foodie; instead, he considers himself an eater. And his book Anything’s Pastable: 81 Inventive Pasta Recipes for Saucy People is designed to tempt anyone who loves to eat to create tasty, simple recipes. Instead of being wholly Italian, the cookbook features 81 recipes with globe-spanning influences from destinations including Japan, India and Latin America. Try your hand at the crowd-pleasing recipe for Smoked Cheddar and Chicken Manicotti “Enchiladas,” which replaces the traditional corn tortillas with large pasta tubes and dials up the simplicity factor with a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Assemble it all in a baking dish that can go right from the oven to the dinner table. 

Get recipe: Smoked Cheddar and Chicken Manicotti “Enchiladas”


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Courtesy: Harper Collins Publishers

Sheet Pan Coconut-Crusted Fish With Honey-Chili Drizzle

Two-time best-selling cookbook author and the brains behind the popular blog The Defined Dish, Alex Snodgrass has carved out a reputation as a go-to resource for healthy meals. Her newest book, Dinner Tonight: 100 Simple, Healthy Recipes for Every Night of the Week, is beautifully illustrated and sure to inspire some new favorites to add to your kitchen repertoire. In this recipe for Sheet Pan Coconut-Crusted Fish With Honey-Chili Drizzle, Snodgrass takes inspiration from her favorite restaurant in Hawaii and pairs it with healthy Broccolini. Use your favorite white flaky fish, and the whole thing comes together in just 25 minutes. It’s easy enough for a last-minute meal and elegant enough to serve at a dinner party. 

Get recipe: Sheet Pan Coconut-Crusted Fish With Honey-Chili Drizzle


spinner image eggplant with grapes, feta, lemony tahini and spices
Courtesy: Harper Collins Publishers

Eggplant With Grapes, Feta and Lemony Tahini

Authors Olga Massov and Sanaë Lemoine want you to know that the humble sheet pan can be a kitchen powerhouse, particularly if you’re armed with the more than 100 recipes in their new book, Hot Sheet: Sweet and Savory Sheet Pan Recipes for Every Day and Celebrations. With recipes for every kind of meal (even dessert!), this book breaks down how to maximize flavor and minimize mess. In their recipe for Eggplant With Grapes, Feta and Lemony Tahini, the duo suggests building flavor by roasting the eggplant and grapes with fruity extra virgin olive oil, red onion, chile peppers and feta cheese. Top the caramelized mix with spiced tahini infused with fresh lemon and hot honey for a dish that’s sure to transport you to Greece.

Get recipe: Eggplant With Grapes, Feta and Lemony Tahini


spinner image stuffed shrimp casserole with crab meat, cracker crumbs and spices in pan with spoon next to it
Courtesy: Rodale Books/Penguin Random House

Baked Stuffed Shrimp Casserole

Katie Couric, Daphne Oz and Cat Cora are among the famous fans of Kat Ashmore’s debut cookbook, Big Bites: Wholesome, Comforting Recipes That Are Big on Flavor, Nourishment, and Fun, so you know it will be good. The chef developed recipes and worked on the eight-time Emmy Award-winning The Martha Stewart Show. Now, she’s sharing her knack for bold flavors in 110 easy-to-execute recipes. Ashmore’s inspiration for Baked Stuffed Shrimp Casserole, with succulent shrimp, lump crab meat, garlic, parsley, butter and crispy cracker crumbs, came from her mom, who made a version of the dish on Christmas Eve. Serve it with a salad or veggie for a well-balanced meal.

Get recipe: Baked Stuffed Shrimp Casserole


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